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NIET Unveils Unleashing Teacher Leadership: A Toolkit for Ensuring Effective Instruction in Every Classroom

February 27, 2024

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) announced the release of Unleashing Teacher Leadership: A Toolkit for Ensuring Effective Instruction in Every Classroom, a new book authored by Dr. Joshua Barnett. This book examines best practices and tools that teacher leaders can use to unlock their power and drive lasting instructional improvement across schools and districts.

Along with guidance on these best practices, readers will get the perspectives of teacher leaders engaged in this work and acquire dozens of NIET-developed tools they can use to unleash the power of effective teacher leadership in their own schools and districts.

"Effective educators are the cornerstone of student success, and those who get the best results are committed to fully exploring the dimensions of their role, but that often comes with challenges," said NIET CEO Dr. Joshua Barnett. "I wanted to develop an additional resource for these valued teacher leaders to provide guidance, best practices, and proven tools they can use to lead effectively within their districts and schools, driving a transformative ripple effect of positive change and success."

In this powerful toolkit and accompanying study guide, readers can expect to:

  • Examine their context as instructional experts.
  • Understand their approach to leadership and how to work with other leaders in their school.
  • Develop expertise in evidence-based instructional practice.
  • Support the implementation of high-quality curriculum.
  • Build effective learning environments and support colleagues' efforts to do the same.
  • Understand how to use data and assessment to support student learning and inform instructional practice.
  • Acquire coaching skills to help build colleagues' capacity.
  • Lead effective collaboration and scale teacher effectiveness.
  • Use their voice to influence decisions that affect students and fellow teachers.

Unleashing Teacher Leadership is available through ASCD.

Educators can use NIET's study guide below to support their reflections as they read the book and spark conversation with their team:

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